Making A Difference in Our County
We're working hard for the citizens we serve. Here are some examples of successful projects from the past year:
AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Working with growers in the community and UGA, the Clinch County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent is working to maintain and increase profitability of crops grown in Clinch County. Conducting research trials for agronomic crops makes great strides in education for growers. This research leads to recommendations that are specific to our area and help ensure the grower’s long-term productivity. For the fourth consecutive year, the agent conducted trials with local growers, university pathologists and graduate students to determine the efficacy of fungicides and herbicides to treat orange cane blotch of blackberry. This disease can lead to crop losses and economic hardship for growers in Clinch County. This is very important as increasing numbers of our local growers begin to plant blackberries. As a result of the research conducted in Clinch County, new fungicide chemistries are being recommended for effective control of this disease.
4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
The UGA Extension 4-H program in Clinch County is expanding horizons for Clinch County 4-H’ers. Opening students up to opportunities they might not otherwise have is very rewarding. In 2016, Clinch County took 80 children to camp and 36 children to District Project Achievement (DPA). Our programs are important because children receive an educational experience that is fun while they develop self-confidence, responsibility and good habits that lead to healthier lifestyles. We attempt to make all camps as affordable as possible for our 4-H’ers. Clinch County Extension offers two fundraisers, Yankee Candle sales and candy bar sales. These fundraisers are used for the children to pay for or reduce their camp costs, giving children of all economic backgrounds the opportunity to go and benefit from the life lessons learned at 4-H camp and DPA.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES
UGA Extension provides answers for Georgians about canning, freezing, food preservation and safety each and every day. Foodborne illness can be costly to the state and community, and it can even be deadly. The elderly, chronically ill and young children are at high risk for complications from foodborne illnesses that are likely to require hospitalization. Preventing illnesses keeps parents from missing work and losing pay that can be spent for goods in the local economy. Improperly thawed or mishandled food can be an economic disaster for a family. To assist our county residents, publications featuring all aspects of food preservation and food safety are available in our local office.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is working hard for its constituents. The following are examples of our impact in the county over the past year.